Getting There (The Dukan Way)…

I’ve never been someone who can eat what they like, and I’ve never been someone who is happy with what they see when they look in the mirror. I’ve had lots of success on various eating plans – I lost over 4 stone after I had my son, and have pretty much tried every plan out there in a bid to show the body I know I have underneath the rolls of fat!

I’ve also never been one to actually talk about it before – I’m quite happy to laugh at myself over the many hapless things I do, even turn my utter diet fails into a joke, but I’m far happier not speaking out about the actual process of losing weight.

Last year, we went on the best holiday of our lives – 2 weeks in Turkey. Amazing weather, precious family time, and unlimited food! Everything about it was perfect, except the way I felt about how I looked, and let’s face it, when you’re living in a swimsuit, there’s no easy way of hiding the bits you don’t like is there?! It didn’t stop me eating all the nice food. Not much stops me from eating nice food – I guess that’s why I am where I am!

When we got back, I did my best to curb my eating habits, and lost a little bit of weight but before I knew it, Christmas was upon us! Just before Christmas I had to go for a check at the docs, and when I stepped on the scales, that was the moment I decided I had to sort myself out – somehow, my weight on the doctor’s scales seemed so much worse than on the scales in my bathroom – it’s just a number then and I kept telling myself it’s not about the number, but how you feel. The trouble was I didn’t really feel good either!

On January 2nd this year, I started following the Dukan Diet – as a vegetarian for nearly 20 years it had never been an option for me before as it’s a high protein diet – pretty much meat and veg forever, but I’d had a couple of friends from different social circles who had been really successful doing this plan. I was completely determined to lose weight but was unsure about following an actual diet – I’ve always been a firm believer in eating a healthy, balanced diet, but clearly it wasn’t working for me, so I gave myself 3 months to see what happened.

I bought the book and wasn’t sure what to expect, other than that it was probably going to be very hard and require lots of willpower! If you’re not familiar with the diet, it basically comprises 100 foods that you can eat – mostly meat and vegetables, with some fat free dairy products thrown in for good measure. With the exception of a small amount of oat bran, the plan is carb free – something I’ve never tried before!

This post is not a complete journey – I’m only 6 weeks in but I am 20lbs down, so it’s definitely working! That’s obviously the biggest positive, and I lost a whopping 9lbs in the first week – I know some will criticise this, but anyone who wants to lose weight will understand the satisfaction that this brings, whether or not it is the ‘best’ way to do things! The 2 other aspects that I feel this plan does well are the compulsory requirement to drink a minimum amount of water each day and move a minimum amount each day. I’ve actually started running again and managed to accomplish 37 km last week. If you know me, you will wonder if it is actually me writing after a statement like that!

We went out for a family meal this week and for the first time ever, I was so stuffed I couldn’t eat all of my dinner, which I hope bodes well for me changing my eating habits as this has never happened before! Luckily I had three willing individuals to prevent any wastage!

It isn’t an ‘easy’ plan to follow, especially at first, but the results I’m seeing are enough to motivate me to keep going. I know it’s not all about the numbers on the scales, but for now, they are a good measure of my progress. In another 3lbs, I’ll be the same weight as I was when I got married nearly 11 years ago and pre children – that’s my next goal so watch this space…!

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Not a great difference yet, but I’m hoping there’s a bit!

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Little Fish (@LittleFishBlog)
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 23:40:43

    Looks like you are doing great! You can definitely tell the difference in your before and after photos. Well done for getting back into running too. Running is my go to ‘feel good’ exercise! x

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  3. Little Fish (@LittleFishBlog)
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 23:41:09

    Found you on #FitMamasClub btw!

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  4. seychellesmama
    Feb 29, 2016 @ 07:42:28

    Oh my goodness, this is amazing, you must be so thrilled with your hard work paying off. I love that theres a minimum amount of water to drink and movement to do as well, such a vital part of getting healthy!! In your before and after (well not totally after but your ‘now’ picture) theres a huge difference you must be feeling so good! Excited to hear your next update! Thanks for joining in with #fitmamasclub lovely to have you and hope to see you again next month

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  6. mumreinvented
    Mar 10, 2016 @ 20:27:16

    Wow those pics are brilliant, you can really see a difference! Nothing wrong in losing 9lbs in your first week at all! Everyone always loses more at first before it settles down. Sounds like a great diet, I need to try to cut my carbs down again and get back on the wagon but I’ve been craving carbs the last few days. You must be thrilled with getting 20lbs off in just 6 weeks, well done! #FitMamasClub

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